By Joe Ellis

20th Jun, 2022 | 3:10pm

Rangers not in pursuit of Nigerian striker Stephen Odey

Rangers are not interested in signing Nigerian striker Stephen Odey this summer, according to a new report from Football Scotland.

It had been reported by All Nigeria Soccer on 19 June that the Gers had been in contact with the 24-year-old and his club Randers for whom he scored 13 times in the Danish league last season.

But the latest is that the Light Blues are not in an active pursuit of the Nigerian international and Football Scotland also claim that he will not become a Gers player this summer whatsoever.

There is a desire from Giovanni van Bronckhorst and the club to sign a striker in this window but Odey is not destined to be the man and nor is Erik Botheim or Ross Stewart as neither are considered as top targets at Ibrox.

We still have Alfredo Morelos contracted for a further 12 months but there is a definite possibility that he could leave on a free transfer when his deal expires.

Picky

It seems like there is a new striker being linked to Rangers almost every day at the moment but none of them seem to keep any kind of momentum behind them.

Odey could have been the man to solve all of our problems having scored wherever he has been throughout his career but for whatever reason, we are being too picky about who we decide to go for and it could come back to haunt us.

It is understandably difficult to replace Morelos who has been simply sensational for us ever since he arrived in Glasgow and despite the odd moment of madness, he is truly loved by everyone at the club.

But that’s not to say that whoever comes in next can’t also have that same affinity with the staff and supporters, especially if he scores goals at a similar rate to the 25-year-old Colombian.

Sooner or later, we are going to have to make our choice and go full steam ahead into negotiations because the season is rapidly approaching and we have plenty still to sort out before then.

In other Rangers news, a vote from all of the clubs in the Lowland League has forced our youth side to withdraw from a very prestigious tournament on the continent.